Yep, I'm actually on the countdown for a nervous breakdown...that's how nervous I am...
Any advice on how to calm my nerves?
I found an article on Marathon Etiquette on http://www.lifemojo.com/lifestyle/race-etiquette-for-runners-3356989. Having read the article, in my opinion Marathon etiquette basically comes down to this:
3. Easy on the groaning, grunting and wheezing; not nice to listen to for your fellow runners! We are all in pain, just no need to make the other runners feel miserable;
4. Don't stop suddenly to walk on the course or at water stations; move to the side of the road! Ofcourse, when in a mountain marathon, it's perfectly fine to walk on the course and to hang around at water stations;
5. Don't suddenly change directions or cut off other runners; this one is a no brainer, actually;
6. Smile at and say 'thank you' to the race volunteers; OK, smiling might be a bit much to ask for at some point, but do say 'thank you' when handed a cup of water.
Ran: 2.5 miles / 4K pace-workout 19:27 min - Repower Seelaufserie 4K Race in Davos, Switzerland
Just a short message all the way from the Swiss Alps. It's still freezing cold out here, but actually that cold is great to run in! :)
Had a pace-workout scheduled tonight; the last one before the marathon this Saturday. There was a race in Davos, Switzerland tonight, so I figured that I'd rather race and do the pace-workout at the same time, than just do the pace work-out. Lazy, huh? ;)
It was a local race. About 110 participants, and it's held on a hilly course around the Davos Lake. Great crowd! And very well organized for such a small race. Planned on running it as a pace work-out, so I tried to stick to a 4.50 min / km pace. Great run and finished in 19:27 min. Not bad for a pre-marathon work-out. :)
And, yeah, I'm still slow. :) The first woman finished in about 15 min; fast! Still came in 6th in my age group, but wasn't even close to the speedy ladies! :)
Getting more nervous for the marathon every minute!
Had a run scheduled today, and although it was the first day at high altitude, I told myself I had to go - it should be the last long run before the marathon next weekend. This high altitude means that your heartrate is higher than it is at home...at least in the first couple of days. I was prepared for that, and figured the run was probably going to be hard. I couldn't have been more wrong!
Had a great run! Ran through Davos City and around Davos Lake (Davoser See) and did some hillwork. Loved it, truly had this feeling of having wings and finished the run with a huge smile on my face! It totally made my day. :)
Was a bit scared of what the altitude would do to my running, but I really shouldn't have been! Now I know why all those Kenyans train at high altitude; that's their secret! :)
So tonight - in my dreams - I AM a Kenyan. :) Just for once. :)
2. "Wow! The Swiss Alpine Marathon? That must have seemed like a great idea 3 months ago!" -OK, what are you trying to say here? That it's not a great idea? I think it's a fantastic idea, so zip it!
57 F / 14 C in Davos city, and 35 F / 2 C on the mountain (this would mean: snow on the mountain)
Hello! We're in the middle of summer here! What's up with the freezing cold?
Great: snow, freezing cold, slippery mountain trails...just what I was hoping for. Perfect... Might want to reconsider that runningskirt I plan on wearing...
And then I could wear what this guy is wearing:
Well, maybe not...
Even more shocking: people actually buy these things. Since one of my cats (still haven't figured out which one) peed in the living room yesterday evening (probably got scared by a loud noise), I might have to consider trying one of these things. On the other hand, I would probably be totally scratched up before I even got the thing on one of my cats.
2. La Lohan is in jail...again...the poor thing (yeah, I'm being sarcastic here). Now 'experts' say that she got filler in her lips before going to jail:
a. Why, for crying out loud, is this 'breaking news'? Nothing to write about the oil spill/Third World hunger, etc.? Just wondering...;
b. Orange is not a good colour on Lindsay...at least, in my opinion it's not;
c. Just assume that she did get the filler; why would you do this before going to jail? You know the other inmates are planning on treating you as the 'flavour of the week' anyway, so why trigger that?
3. I have my outfit for the Swiss Alpine Marathon K42 laid out already and am planning on wearing the red plaid runningskirt from http://www.runningskirts.com/. Well, not just the skirt, ofcourse, that would be silly: I will also wear a t-shirt, a jacket, compression socks, etc. Just wearing the skirt would be a bit too much...but only just a bit.
How cute is this?
The thing is, there is a 6000+ ft elevation in this marathon, and therefore you could end up in the snow/rain/hail. A.k.a. extreme cold. You never really know with that mountain weather in the Swiss Alps. I have the Athletic Skirt with compression shorts underneath. A bit more warmth than the skirts with a brief, so I guess I should be fine. Or at least I hope so.
Already took the skirt out for a test run, and its comfy! However...fellow runners did ask me where I'd put the old bagpipe. Ha! Funny - not!
Womans trail running shoe
The Inov-8 Terroc 308 is a trail running shoe created for women. Its last is shaped specifically for a womans narrower foot and heel shape.
The Inov-8 Terroc 308 is a trail running shoe. It's not just a running shoe with a grippy sole added to it. The Terroc 308 has less cushioning than normal running shoes, and is - you can tell this by looking at it - lower to the ground. For example, it doesn't have the chunky heel that most running shoes have. This is also what makes the Terroc 308 a great shoe for natural running. I use the Terroc 308 just for running trails and hard surface tracks, and find it has enough cushioning for that kind of running. Also, I'm planning on running a mountain marathon (the Swiss Alpine Marathon K42) in these babies.
The Inov-8 Terroc 308 is a shoe designed for neutral runners. I have a pronation problem, and therefore added an insole (just a Mysole-sole - no custom orthotics). Inov-8 added some technology to the shoe (medial and lateral posting) to help aid pronation and supination. For me the insole and the medial/lateral posting-technology do the trick. Plus, in trail running the whole pronationsupport thing is up for discussion (Google it; lots of articles on it).
The Inov-8 Terroc 308 fits true to size and is great for normal to narrow feet. I have narrow feet and the fit couldn't have been better. Never had a blisterproblem with these babies.
The greatest asset of the Inov-8 Terroc 308; it has great traction. The outsole has grippy rubber on it, and that works! A couple of months ago I was running down a hill through the snow, and did not slip at all! The Terroc 308 is, as I said before, lower to the ground than a normal running shoe, and that makes that you are more stable in rough terrain. The shoe performs excellent on mixed terrain.
The Terroc outsole
WeightThis shoe is light! With only 300 grams, it feels like you're just wearing slippers.
Well, you can tell I love these shoes, huh!
I would recommend these shoes to anyone that's into trail running. Check out Inov-8's website: http://www.inov-8.com/
+ 30 min strength workout (legs, arms and core)
I like Felicity and all, but that just looks painful...
Does Matthew M. ever wear a shirt when out jogging? I'm definitely not saying that he has to, but I was just wondering...
OK, I'm off to the gym for a treadmill workout.
It was nice and sunny out there this morning. Not too hot, not too many runners outside. Went running with my canicross running group at 8.30 AM. Had Lord and Diddy (a.k.a. THE Dogs) all buckled up, and off we went!
For those of you that don't really know what Canicross is; it's basically just running with your dog. But here comes the fun part. The dog wears a harness that is connected to a leash. And that leash is connected to a belt you're wearing. What happens is that the dog actually pulls you forward. There are canicross races and everything. Sooo much fun to do! Great group and I love being outside and working out with THE Dogs.
Lord and Diddy were in the mood this morning and went like a rocket. Great! Really not much to say about the run; it was just a nice run. The sun was out, Lord and Diddy were behaving perfectly and my legs were feeling great. Had a nice chat with M and R (they are also in the canicross running group) and went home at 10 AM.
And now I'm off to the garden to enjoy the sun a bit more!
A note to me - before I started running.
If I only would have known:
6. Eat right. This means: easy on the creamy pastasauces, easy on melted cheese on your pasta/bread/whatever, and easy on fast food. No brainer actually. Your stomach will thank you when you're running your long run the next day.
5. Toenails are overrated! Really, they are. Someday you will find yourself at a point where you're actually happy when your toenails are just bleu/blackish, and not falling off.
4. Slow long runs are supposed to be slow. That's why they are called SLOW long runs. There is no point in speeding on those runs; it will only work against you.
3. Going from not running at all, to running 5 times a week = not a great idea, like, not a great idea at all. Going from not running at all, to running 5 times a week, without proper warm-up, cooling down and stretching-routine = even worse. And there's nr. 2
2. Increasing your weekly mileage by > 50% + no warming up + no cooling down + no stretching = injuries! Hence my shin splints on both (!) legs.
1. Shoes: proper running shoes! Proper running shoes are not 'the kicks you pulled out of a box and that must have been in there for at least 5 years' (OK, now you know what shoes I started running in...). Go to a running store, and get yourself some good advice! Your feet and the rest of your body will thank you!